Vermont Public Television receives 2010 EDGE Award

first_imgThe Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) will recognize Vermont Public Television with a 2010 EDGE Award to for demonstrating the great potential of digital television. The EDGE Awards are presented annually to public television stations that use digital technology, groundbreaking partnerships, and educational technologies to deliver innovative services to their communities.“This year our EDGE Award recipients have a common theme—they use their broadcast and other resources to draw upon the energy and engagement around some of the most pressing issues affecting our country—jobs, education and health care,” said Larry Sidman, President and CEO of APTS. “These projects show that stations are moving beyond traditional broadcast and are engaging their communities in new and innovative ways. Audiences are reached through over-the-air, online, and on-the-ground partnerships, impacting their communities in ways that really set them apart.”Sidman said: “Vermont Public Television teamed up with the University of Vermont College of Medicine, Vermont Law School and the Vermont office of the National Alliance on Mental Illness to carry out a multi-faceted, multi-platform, month-long community engagement campaign that brought together national and local television broadcast components, in tandem with Web-based and community forums to create open discussion about the challenges, solutions and impact of mental illness on Vermont communities.”“This award is especially meaningful, because it recognizes the importance of all three platforms of the project—over-the-air, online and on-the-ground—in raising awareness of and decreasing the stigma attached to mental illness,” said project head Elizabeth Ottinger, Director of Community Outreach at Vermont Public Television.Specifically, the October 2009 campaign augmented the national broadcast of the Fred Friendly Seminar Minds on the Edge: Facing Mental Illness with a day-long legislative event at the Vermont Law School for legislators, and five town hall screenings that brought together legislators and community leaders to form action plans to advance various strategies to promote a greater awareness and understanding of mental illness in Vermont. Oliver Goodenough, professor at Vermont Law School and a Co-Director of the MacArthur Education and Outreach Program, expressed gratitude for the EDGE Award to the Minds on the Edge project. “Mental health issues are at the heart of many of our most difficult challenges in law,” he said. “We were pleased to be able to be a part of this important initiative and to help our legislature grapple with these thorny problems.”“Vermont Public Television’s month-long campaign has had an exceptional impact across the state, but it also has had a profound impact outside the state,” said Richard Kilberg, President of Fred Friendly Seminars. “We have presented Minds on the Edge to mental health professionals, citizen groups and policymakers at conferences across the country throughout this past fall and winter, and we have repeatedly held up Vermont as the model of how to use a public media project to move public dialogue. The story of their success has inspired stakeholders in numerous other states to bring key constituencies together around this public media program and work together to transform a badly broken mental health system.”“We are proud of the role Dr. Thomas Simpatico, our Director of Public Psychiatry, played in helping educate the public about mental health and the legal system in both the national Minds on the Edge program, as well as in Vermont Public Television’s statewide town meetings and “Public Square” program,” said Frederick C. Morin III, M.D., Dean of the University of Vermont College of Medicine. “Dr. Simpatico has been an advocate in our state to bring attention to this issue, facilitating dialogue with all stakeholders to ensure patients and their families can navigate the system to get the care they need.”Connie Stabler, President of the Board, National Alliance on Mental Illness-VT, said, “NAMI-VT is honored to have partnered with Vermont Public Television as a participant in the Minds on the Edge Project. Following the public screenings, community leaders, legislators and others joined families, friends and individuals living with mental illness in town-hall style meetings around the state for continued dialogue on improving treatment options. In our state where one in five people are affected by serious mental illness, this program provided a public service in educating the public and reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness.”In 1980, America’s public television stations created the Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) as their premier advocate. For the past thirty years, APTS has been the voice of the public television station community – offering member stations and future leaders of public television unparalleled opportunities for impact. Find out more at www.apts.org(link is external).Source: WASHINGTON— February 23, 2010 — APTS# # #last_img read more

Concierge companies team up to host workshop on financial management

first_img Share 38 Views   no discussions Donna Every. Photo credi: nationnews.comJune 13, 2012, Roseau, Dominica—Island Concierge Service, a local company has teamed up with Legacy Concierge of Barbados to present “Positioning Your Business for Success,” a financial management workshop. The event is facilitated by author of What Do You Have in Your House—Surviving In Times of Financial Crisis Donna Every, MBA from Barbados. Every is has also been a Business Trainer/Coach for the last ten years and is a former Senior Consultant at Ernst and Young Barbados. The workshop will upgrade the financial management skills of potential and existing business people as well as start-up and established businesses in an ever changing economic climate. Topics include creating a business; identifying customers; understanding financing; debt management; growing your business and customer service. Registration for this timely workshop is now open and interested parties are asked to contact icsconcierge@aol.com or info@lcbarbados.com or call 612-5333 for more information. The workshop will take place on June 21 and 22, 2012 at the Fort Young Hotel in Roseau from 9am-4pm. Press Release LocalNews Concierge companies team up to host workshop on financial management by: – June 13, 2012 Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

DONEGAL STUDENTS LEFT SHOCKED BY SCIENCE PROGRAMME!

first_imgMore than 500 students fro across Donegal travelled to the Balor Theatre, Ballybofey yesterday to participate in EirGrid’s schools science programme – ‘Understanding Electricity – From Power Station to PlayStation.’ The dynamic, vibrant and interactive show is based on the electricity module of the junior cycle science curriculum, with particular emphasis placed on practical experience and audience participation.It aims to help students develop an appreciation of the impact that electricity has on our lives and environment. The programme was devised by EirGrid, the state-owned operator of the national transmission network, as part of the company’s support programme for Dublin City of Science 2012.Upon arrival, students got a view a number of electricity related experiments in the ‘Lobby Lab’ before EirGrid engineers presented a 45 minute show where they will demonstrate a number of experiments including; static electricity, batteries and circuits, electromagnetism, renewable energy and transmission.Speaking about the programme, Aidan Corcoran, Grid25 Manager said, “This was a great opportunity for the EirGrid team as well as the schoolchildren of Donegal.“EirGrid has some of brightest engineering minds in the country working in our organisation and we are excited to be able to be in a position to include Donegal in this highly innovative national programme.’ Students from a variety of schools attended including -St. Catherine’s Vocational School, Killibegs, Deele College, Raphoe, Abbey Vocational School, Donegal, Carndonagh Vocational School, Donegal, Finn Valley College and St Columba’s, Stranorlar, Errigal College. Letterkenny and the Royal and Prior, Raphoe.ALL PICTURES BY KIND PERMISSION OF CLIVE WASSON PHOTOGRAPHYDONEGAL STUDENTS LEFT SHOCKED BY SCIENCE PROGRAMME! was last modified: March 28th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BALOR THEATREEIRGRIDlast_img read more